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Button, Button, YOU Have the Button
Button, Button, YOU Have the Button
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
One of the most difficult tasks of starting a jewelry business is determining how much to charge for your jewelry. Here is some detailed advice about what you need to consider along with a formula that you may find works for you.
A Peek Inside Talisman Studios with Terrie Marcoe
A Peek Inside Talisman Studios with Terrie Marcoe
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
You've made a sale through your web site or on-line store; now what? Here are some tips for using your jewelry packaging as a way to create a brand, encourage a repeat sale, and also safely secure the jewelry you are mailing out.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Make your own jig for bending wire, and then follow this simple wire pattern to make your first wire bracelet on it.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
Rhinestones - A Ton of Bling for Only a Little...
Make Rhinestone Jewelry to Sparkle and Shine
Easy to Make Brooches and Pins
Easy to Make Brooches and Pins. Jewelry Making.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
If you are new to bead knotting and haven't had much luck with the traditional approach, then consider use this alternative technique, which is a little like cheating bust still works.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
Easy Stone Settings
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
New and Old Stitching Techniques You Won't Want...
Stitching Techniques You Won't Want to Miss
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
11 Easy and Clever DIY Jewelry Displays for...
11 Clever and Easy DIY Jewelry Displays - Easy to make and easy on the wallet. Links to full tutorials included!
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet. Jewelry Making.
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
A Pocket Full of Posies
Everything is Coming Up Roses. Jewelry Making.
The Top DIY Jewelry Trends of 2015 to Inspire...
The Top DIY Jewelry Trends of 2015 to Inspire You in 2016
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Turn a piece of silver plate into an awesome cuff bracelet. No soldering required.
Make Beautiful Jewelry with Buttons
Jewelry Making with Buttons
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
Easy Sparkly Strung Bracelets for the Beginner...
Easy Sparkly Strung Bracelets for the Beginner Jewelry Maker
All That Glimmers is Glass
DIY Jewelry Projects Featuring Glass
Metal Jewelry Fabrication Tools
Before you begin using metal fabrication techniques, you'll need some special tools for your tool box.
7 Easy Ways to Sell Your Jewelry
7 Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show Season
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
This tutorial is a little more advanced than your average bead stringing project, but the time and patience is well worth the effort when you see the finished results of your endlessly knotted crystal necklace. There's no clasp, so you can just slip it over your neck and get ready to sparkle with these amazing red crystal beads.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
Water Casting Tutorial
Water casting is a fun processes that allows you to make unusual jewelry components using metal scraps.
8 New Jewelry Making Techniques to Try Now
8 New Jewelry Making Techniques to Try Now
What Are the Different Types of Solder?
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
11 DIY Jewelry Displays for Spring Art and...
11 DIY Jewelry Displays for Spring Art and Craft Shows
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
Jewelry Studio Organization Tips
It is amazing how much more productive you can be when you have a well-organized area to make jewelry. Most of us struggle with organizing our work space, so here are some tips to help you get organized and then get to work.
10 Tips for Working with Chain
Prefabricated chain is a handy component to include in your jewelry creations. Here are some tips to consider when working with chain.
Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn about some of the different clasps and connectors used to make beaded jewelry.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
10 Bead Patterns You Will Love
10 Bead Patterns You Will Love. Jewelry Making.
Free Wire Chain Patterns
Use wire and links to create a variety of chain patterns to use in your jewelry designs. Many of these require no soldering.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
Do the Jig
While there are a lot of good commercial wire jigs on the market these days, you can also make your own with some wood and a few nails.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
Display, Show and Give Your Handmade Jewelry...
DIY Creative Jewelry Displays. Jewelry Making.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
How to Fire Copper Metal Clay
Copper metal clay, or CopprClay as its brand name is spelled, must be fired in a kiln. Here are some step by step instructions to explain how.
How to Use a Wire Draw Plate
A draw plate is a helpful tool for wire workers and metalsmiths. Learn what this tool is all about and how to use it.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
New Jewelry Making Techniques to Grow Your Skills
New Jewelry Making Techniques to Try
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Drop Earrings for Every Day and Special Nights...
Drop Earrings for Every Day and Special Nights Out
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Magnetic Clasp Pros and Cons
Consider the good and bad that comes with using magnetic clasps on your jewelry pieces.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
You will be amazed how simple it is to make your own hook and eye clasp using wire and a few hand tools.
What Is Niobium?
What Is Niobium? Learn about this unique hypoallergenic metal used for jewelry making.
Bead Stringing Techniques
Learn the basics when it comes to bead stringing and master various techniques.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Learn the basics for using bead tips to finish off your beaded jewelry designs.
The Next Big Trend - Using Textiles in Jewelry...
The Next Big Trend - Using Textiles in Jewelry Making
Firing Low-Fire Metal Clay with a Torch
Firing Low-Fire Metal Clay with a Torch
Hunting Down a Sales Rep
This interview with the owner of Over the Moon Jewelry offers suggestions for hunting down a jewelry sales rep.
If You Post on the Jewelry Making Forum, Be...
Our Jewelry Making Forum is a wonderful place to talk about jewelry making, but before you jump into the conversation, it's a good idea to be familiar with our rules and guidelines.
Earring Findings
Learn about the different types of findings used to make beaded earrings.
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
Get Started: Macrame Jewelry
A hot fad from the 60s has become popular again today. Learn how you can get started making macrame jewelry.
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Tips for Adding Patina to Metal Jewelry
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10 Super Easy Beaded Earring Projects
10 Easy Beaded Earring Projects. Jewelry Making.
What Are Ear Threads?
Discover one of the coolest trends in earrings - ear threads! What are ear threads, also known under many other names such as threader earrings and earstrings, and how can you make jewelry using this unique earring finding.
Bend-Nosed Pliers
Bent-Nosed Pliers have a lot in common with chain-nosed pliers. They are versatile and used for all kinds of jewelry making techniques.
An Interview with Jewelry Designer Lorelei Eurto
An Interview with Jewelry Designer Lorelei Eurto
Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
Stay in Out of the Cold and Make These Seed...
Stay in Out of the Cold and Make These Seed Bead Projects
Jewelry Designer Manager™ Premier for the...
Jewelry Designer Manager™ Premier for the Professional Jewelry Designer
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
Get Started Making Wire Jewelry
If you have always wanted to make jewelry using wire, then this article will tell you what you need as far as tools to get started.
Battle of the Wire Jewelry Jigs
A group of did some usability testing on a variety of different wire jewelry jigs. These are our findings.
The Metalsmith Reborn!
New and better than ever....find out why Tim McCreight's newest edition of his famous book, Complete Metalsmith, is do different from past editions.
Think About the Future
Think about your future in the world of jewelry. Page 3.
How to Launch Your Handmade Jewelry Business
Launching Your Handmade Jewelry Business
Make Your Own Rings: Easy Ring Projects to Do...
Author and talented jewelry designer Nana V. Mizushima has gathered up lots of different jewelry techniques to create this collection of ring projects for her book, Make Your Own Rings: Easy Ring Projects to Do at Home.
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
Making a Beaded Bead
This technique is amazing and a great way to learn or practice a bead weaving stitch called peyote. You literally weave tiny seed beads together to form a tube-shaped bead.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Kiln Location
Where will your kiln sit and how does it open? Page 2.
Bead Stringing Findings
In this article, I take you step by step through some of the most popular jewelry stringing findings. If you want to string up a beaded necklace, bracelet, or anklet, often you’ll need to use one of the following findings in order to do this
What Is a Mala Bracelet?
Learn about the origins, meaning behind, and elements that make up the ancient Mala bracelet.
Fused Glass Jewelry Tutorials and Techniques
Learn techniques, tips, and projects for making fused glass jewelry.
Recycling Your Jewelry
Recycling your jewelry is a good way to refresh your finished and unfinished inventory. Since I've been making jewelry for a number of years, I've found a few ways to do this.
How to Tie a Josephine Knot
This knot is a little more advanced than basic knots such as the square knot. It has a variety of applications such as finishing off the ends of a macrame necklace you can then pull over your head.
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Incorporating cabochons is a great way to expand on seed beaded jewelry designs, and the basic technique is not that difficult to master.
New Jewelry Making Techniques
New Jewelry Making Techniques to Try
Vintage Inspired Jewelry Projects to Make
DIY Vintage Inspired Jewelry. Jewelry Making.
Gifts for Jewelry Designers
Share the wonderful world of jewelry making with friends and family through gifts every jewelry designer can use.
Using a Ring Jig to Make Jump Rings
Here is yet another method for making jump rings. These instructions include using a bench vice and ring jig.
Make Resin Beads
With a two-part epoxy product called Ferido, you can shape and form resin into beads.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Learn Basic Wire Wrapping for Jewelry Making
Learn Basic Wire Wrapping for Jewelry Making
Why Use Simulated Stones?
Is it a good idea to use gemstones in your jewelry or not? Why even consider using simulated stones?
Crystal Badge Lanyard Necklace
More and more of us these days are required to wear badges where we work, but just because we have to wear something utilitarian around our necks doesn’t mean they can’t also be attractive as well as a functional piece of jewelry.
Make Your Own Unique Pendants to Wear
Make Your Own Unique Pendants to Wear
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Learn how to use wire to connect components, other wire sections, beads, and much more with this very versatile wire wrapping technique.
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
Jewelry Business Tax Tips
If you have a jewelry business, then one of the chores that goes along with being a professional jewelry designer is taxes, ugh! Here are some handy tips for organizing and getting yourself ready for that dreaded tax time.
8 Easy Gemstone Pendants to Make
Gemstone Pendants to Make. Jewelry Making.
Selling Jewelry with Home Shows
One alternative to the big arts and crafts shows is to create your own mini-show at either your home or the home of a good friend.
Start Your Handmade Jewelry Business TODAY!
Starting a Handmade Jewelry Business - The Basics
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